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Painting on a vibrant canvas



“Red Crested Cardinal” 12×12″ Acrylic on Canvas by Richard Robinson

The idea of painting on a ‘toned’ (coloured) canvas is not a new one. In fact it’s been used for centuries to banish the tyranny of the white canvas and to help thread colour through a painting. It’s tried and…

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Added by Richard Robinson on July 26, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

2 Techniques for more accurate drawing

When drawing from life or from a photo there are 2 simple tips to make it easier for you to get it right consistently.

They're both angle transfer methods.

Use your brush or pencil to measure the angle you're wanting to draw, then rotate your body without changing the angle…

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Added by Richard Robinson on July 7, 2017 at 10:44 — 2 Comments

Glazing

I read your article on glazing.  I am very excited.  I just painted my beautiful grand daughter on a setting sun beach with a surf board.  I find the sunset could be improved and the surf board overpowers the picture instead of the subject.  I think glazing will work well on that painting and I am going to try it.  Hopefully, this sill be a successful attempt at improving my work.

Arlette

Added by Arlette Lyons on June 25, 2017 at 3:43 — No Comments

My journey

Hi everyone , I am new here and would like to post my paintings as I started to paint in 2009 . I started with my first medium that I still love Acrylics and I started out with pet portraits . From there I jumped to people portraits to landscapes etc. Then I went into WaterColors started there with people portraits , fell in love later with Pastels ...love those especially for portraits pastels , I will attempt landscapes with them sooner or later. I have also gotten into Colored Pencils…

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Added by Brenda Morgado on June 20, 2017 at 0:59 — 2 Comments

Workshop in October at Camarillo, California

Looking for someone to share a room for this workshop. 

Added by Carole Merly on June 3, 2017 at 0:24 — No Comments

Improving your painting with glazes

Learn about how to use glazing to improve your oil paintings in this video.

The same applies for acrylic painting, though you would use gloss medium varnish or some other clear fast drying medium to mix your glazes with.

With oils I currently either use walnut oil or alkyd walnut oil medium as a…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 23, 2017 at 18:18 — 7 Comments

Improving your painting with glazes

Learn about how to use glazing to improve your oil painting. The same applies for acrylic painting, though you would use gloss medium varnish or some other clear fast drying medium to mix your glazes with.

With oils I currently either use walnut oil or alkyd walnut oil medium as a glazing medium.

Learn more about…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 23, 2017 at 18:17 — No Comments

Seeing the world like a Painter

Here's how I look at the world as a painter...

This video is about Seeing the world like a Painter. Learn more about painting at http://www.livepaintinglessons.com

Added by Richard Robinson on May 22, 2017 at 11:03 — 11 Comments

Painting with more VaRiEtY!

Here's a brief clip from the First Snow painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/shop/first-snow

Beginners paintings are often distinguished by a lack of variety. They often display large areas of flat colour,…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

Painting Details in Dune Grasses

Here's a brief clip from the Sunset Dunes painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/shop/sunset-dunes/

When painting grasses or trees, or anything that we know is full of complex detail, it's all too easy to get carried…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 14, 2017 at 16:50 — No Comments

Three shades of gray

I wanted to explore more interesting colors for when we use a "gray" in our paintings. I used three different mixes in these three paintings. These acrylic paintings were done using a common theme of red on a dark background.

Added by Carole Merly on May 13, 2017 at 10:11 — No Comments

Painting Transparent Water

Here's a brief clip from the Chinaman's Bluff painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/workshop2x.php

Many beginner painters see water and assume it's all blue, or all green, without looking to see what's really going…

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Added by Richard Robinson on April 13, 2017 at 13:32 — 5 Comments

Tuscany.

I am in love with your painting of a Picnic in Tuscany!  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Really and truly, Marlene Sanger.

Added by Marlene M. Sanger on March 3, 2017 at 20:43 — No Comments

Bryan Mark Taylor's The Master's Mind

Hi All!  I keep looking at this video and contemplating whether to purchase or not.  Just wondering if anyone is familiar with it, has used it (or know of anyone who has), and whether it was found useful or not?

 I know I should be making a schedule of certain areas to work on, but don't know where to begin, or what areas to work on or how...so thought this might help.

Thanks for your input!

Added by Candi Hogan on January 24, 2017 at 4:05 — 4 Comments

New Members Posts

I think when an artist posts their ... whole ... portfolio at one time, it becomes quite overwhelming and I tend to just pass over them.

Added by Michael J. Severin on January 14, 2017 at 12:31 — 8 Comments

Autumn in the Park WIP

I am trying to get back into painting and have chosen something from my neighborhood - an autumn scene- I love the abstract patterns in the water, the pop of sienna in the focal tree, the diagonals that move the eye through the scene- I am struggling with whether to crop...I think I like the depth in the current view. Onto more thumbnails and then a value study.  I confess, I already started this twice, without the proper process and of course not to my liking.  I must really discipline…

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Added by Lori Ippolito on November 30, 2016 at 6:30 — 18 Comments

Painting a vibrant still life

'A Picnic in Tuscany' 40x40" Acrylic on canvas by Richard Robinson…

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Added by Richard Robinson on November 17, 2016 at 17:55 — 12 Comments

Richard's Little Old Man

In our current workshop, Kingfisher, check out the little old man on Richard's palette...Most of my  best work is accidental...…

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Added by DG Ewing on November 6, 2016 at 10:38 — 1 Comment

Lost episode

Don't know if this is the correct place to ask this but I bought a previous episode a few months ago... Where would it be? Can't find it anywhere on my phone . Can't remember which one it was either

Added by Siobhan on October 9, 2016 at 1:36 — 2 Comments

New Member from Ireland!

Hi there, just bought the Mastering Sunsets course and am loving it and learning loads.

Just wondering has anyone got info on framing pictures economically? Thanks Deirdre

Added by Deirdre McAvinchey on October 7, 2016 at 3:25 — 2 Comments

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